We’ve talked a lot about Steve Schmidt, the bullet-head Karl Rove assistant, who is running the McCain campaign. Last night Schmidt lost it with Howard Kurtz, the Washington Post’s Media reporter.
Sen. John McCain’s top campaign strategist accused the news media Tuesday of being “on a mission to destroy” Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by displaying “a level of viciousness and scurrilousness” in pursuing questions about her personal life.
It’s pretty clear to me that the Rove Swat Team is in panic mode and that usually results in the classic whining about the press–“working the refs”. 20 years ago as Pat Buchanan was railing about a culture war at the Republican Convention in New Orleans, the delegates turned towards the media skyboxes screaming “Tell the truth, tell the truth”.
There is no doubt that the pitchfork brigade on the floor of the convention will eat all this media bashing up. But in the long run, it doesn’t pass the “who cares test.”